I’m having a difficult time staying away from the topic of words. So let us consider yet another area where words are vital to our everyday life and how our words give life to different situations.
Again, Proverbs 18:22 says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Children are a product of words. It is important for parents to realize that the home atmosphere is a product of words.
Have you ever noticed how the environment of your home or office has changed when you returned sometime later in the day? Sure. If you pay attention, you will notice the change. The change could be positive or negative.
There has been times when my wife and I have gone into somebody’s home and both of us realized that sharp words, or death-filled words, were spoken in that household. In the same manner, we have also gone to other homes and felt the peace of God in that environment.
The home environment tends to change drastically when teenagers are developing. Why? Because eventually teens can become bored with church, bored with the Bible and bored with prayer. Everything about religion bores them. Why? Because often times, they hear the right words on Sundays, but in their youth group or at school and even at home, they hear and see the opposite being lived out.
You can go to church on Sunday, sit there and look pious if you want to, pray and sing in the choir, and even teach a Bible class. But if you fly off the handle at home, cuss, raise Cain and fuss, you’re going to lose your children. They are not being brought up in church, they are being brought up in the home atmosphere. Children are a product of words.
What we say to our children, both intentionally or unintentionally will affect them for the rest of their lives. Not only will our lifestyles and values affect and make them, but our words also will impact them in such a way that the harvest of those seed-words will come up at the right or wrong time.
This is not an easy and automatic way of living. We must make ourselves speak right. Most everyone around us speak negative words. Even commercials, with the positive outlooks, use the negative examples and fear in order to emotionally influence you to purchase their product. We must work at speaking right.
My wife and I work at consciously speaking the right words to our children — even to our 22-year-old daughter. They all need it. We all need it! Our tomorrow will be affected by the words we speak today.
Speak life-giving words to live a life to the fullest as we follow what God has called us to do, as you change the atmosphere with your words.
Make a great atmosphere day!
The Rev. Alex Colón is pastor of Lighthouse Assembly of God in Gallipolis, Ohio. Online at www.lagohio.org.